About The Netherlands

Tulip fields, windmills, wooden shoes and plenty of cheese. Also lots of people for its small surface area: over 17 million inhabitants on 41,528 km². Oddly enough, there are even more bikes: 20 million. The Dutch are known as open-minded, tolerant and friendly. A long tradition of trading and seafaring has made them fluent in languages.

Dutch Higher Educational System

The Netherlands is known for its high quality of higher education. HZ is a University of Applied Sciences (HBO). Theoretical knowledge transfer in a practice-based environment is the most important goal of our type of university. For this reason HZ works in close cooperation with many national and international companies and institutes. The practical application of career-oriented assignments is what distinguishes a HZ undergraduate degree from one at a research university. You constantly apply your theoretical knowledge directly in the actual practice.The Netherlands has two main types of regular, higher education:  

University of Applied Sciences (HBO)

Higher vocational education, or in Dutch, ‘Hoger Beroeps Onderwijs’ (HBO), provides students with theoretical education alongside practical, professional qualifications required for high-level occupations. In addition to lectures, seminars and projects, students are required to complete a work placement and a research project for their final dissertation.

Universities (WO)

Academic education, or in Dutch, Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (WO), is a purely research University, oriented to theoretical study and scientific research.  

Credits system

Just like other universities, the HZ works with a credit system. In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree, you must earn a total of 240 EC credits. According to Dutch law, 1 EC credit represents 28 hours of study. 60 credits represent one year of full-time study. If you wish to major in a specific field of study, you must obtain 120 EC in this area, including the work placement.

Welcome to The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a small yet diverse country. The Dutch culture is warm and welcoming to foreign influences. We are open-minded and tolerant of differences. People are friendly and most can speak other languages in addition to their native Dutch language. In fact, most Dutch people love speaking English and appreciate all opportunities to practise their English!

About The Netherlands

Tulip fields, windmills, wooden shoes and plenty of cheese. Also lots of people for its small surface area: over 17 million inhabitants on 41,528 km². Oddly enough, there are even more bikes: 20 million. The Dutch are known as open-minded, tolerant and friendly. A long tradition of trading and seafaring has made them fluent in languages.

Experts in water management
What else springs to mind when you think of the Netherlands? Oh yes, it is a flat country with a lot of water, wind, bridges, dykes, polders and windmills. The Dutch are the ones who conquered land from the sea and made it their own. This centuries-long struggle with the sea has made them experts in water management.

Studying in a strong economy
Being a nation of merchants and traders, the Dutch have always looked beyond their own borders and are to be found all over the world. This has led to a strong economy, now ranked the fifth most competitive economy in the world and the third economy of Europe (Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016). The Dutch are excellent hosts and we are sure you will feel very welcome with us. You might even be able to find a student job even if you do not speak Dutch.

Living in Zeeland

Our international study programmes are conducted at our campuses located in Vlissingen and Middelburg. But what is it like to study in Zeeland?

Picturesque Province
Zeeland is well known for its stunning countryside, coastal villages, sand dunes and natural reserves. Literally translated, Zeeland means ‘sea’ and ‘land’ and the area lives up to its name! It is a delta area consisting of islands and sea arms interconnected by dams, bridges and tunnels. This picturesque region is rich in culture and history with amazing beaches, festivals and many activities to take advantage of. It is the most popular tourist region in the Netherlands. Living in this province, you will find museums, local markets, regional food and music festivals. Zeeland also plays host to big events such as Film by the Sea, Liberation Day Festival and Zeeland After Summer Festival.

Vlissingen
Vlissingen is a large student and tourist town with a population of approximately 45,000. It is a friendly town where you can get around everywhere by bike. It has all amenities necessary to enjoy life while preparing for your future. With its beautiful beach, the longest promenade in the Netherlands and many pavement cafes, Vlissingen exudes a year-round holiday atmosphere. You can explore the surrounding coastline and villages by bike due to the extensive network of bike trails. Major European cities are accessible within a few short hours by either car or train, making student life off campus a learning experience as well!

Middelburg

The Middelburg city centre, dating back as far as the first half of the ninth century, has a rich cultural heritage, which can be seen throughout the historic city centre. Surrounded by historical buildings you will feel an almost medieval atmosphere when walking around. Middelburg is a diverse and vibrant city with a lovely atmosphere that has a lot to offer to students, including a vibrant student life. It offers a diverse array of shops, pubs, restaurants and events. You will feel at home straight away! You will find the campus in the heart of the city center and it is serviced by good bus and train connections and safe cycling routes.

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